The school was in need of a major indoor sports practice facility for the upper school and physical education space for the lower school. McDonnell Athletic Center was developed to facilitate those needs. It consists of 86,000 square feet with three courts that can be configured for tennis, basketball or volleyball along with support spaces for training, P.E. staff and a fitness center. The space also provides a 200 meter indoor track, long-jump pit, pole-vault pit, triple-jump areas, drop-down batting cages and a lacrosse practice wall.
This adaptable space is divisible by drop-down divider curtains and accommodates after-hours sports practice for school teams. The entire sport floor of the athletic area is a synthetic multi-sport surface, allowing for mixed usage and flexibility.
As this facility has a very large footprint, it also can function as an indoor large gathering area for many of the school’s special events.
Facility Assessment & Locker Room Renovation
M+H also performed a comprehensive Facility Assessment for MICDS and recently (2013) completed a 13,200 SF Locker Room renovation in the Upper School Gymnasium.
MICDS is recognized as one of the nation’s leaders in independent education. M+H Architects has enjoyed a great working relationship with MICDS since 1995, completing multiple projects.